Posted by Andrew Coulon on July 6, 2011
The Jacksonville Public Library Zine Collection presents Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr live in the Main Library on July 6th! We’re kicking off International Zine Month right with a combination of independent publishing and independent music! Since before Asamov these two talented performers have been setting the standard for artists coming out of Jacksonville. Touring all over America and Europe, these two are some of the most intriguing live acts you will find. From video manipulation, to record scratching, to the art of MCing, to doing all that at the same time! You can’t find anything better than Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr! My word on that! Plus it’s free! And we’ll have a bunch of brand new zines available for checkout as well!
We’ll be in what was formerly Shelby’s Café, right near the Laura Street entrance. The Main Library is at the corner of Laura and Duval, across from Hemming Plaza. Event starts promptly at 6:30p.m.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 22, 2011
The Jacksonville Public Library just cataloged its 1000th zine!
In just under two years, we’ve built an impressive collection of zines and we literally couldn’t have done it without you. We have received boxes and boxes of donations from generous people around Florida and around the country. Keep it up! Check out a zine and show your support!
To celebrate this milestone, we are planning a zine release party for the new materials at the July Artwalk. More details to come. We will have lots of new stuff to check out that day, so be sure to stop in at the Main Library.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on April 29, 2011
Hey zine fans,
Here is a list of new items in the Jacksonville Public Library Zine Collection. Check a few out and enjoy a personal moment with good, old fashioned print on paper.
3.05 Metres: A Ten Foot Rule Primer
Axis of Eviil Banquet
Chickeney Vol. 1
Chickeney Vol. 2
Dimanche Vol. 5
Dimanche Vol. 6
Dumpsterland Vol. 11
Elephant Mess Vol. 26
Greasespot Vol. 4
Lidspeculum Vil. 1
Readers Digress! Vol. 7
Readers Digress! Vol. 9
Readers Digress! Vol. 10
Readers Digress! Vol. 11
Saugus to the Sea
Sixth Minkey Vol. 1
So Nails Vol. 4
Sudden Death Semantics
Take It – It’s My Body
This Ain’t No Anthology… Ten Foot Rule
Also, The Zine Collection is closing in on 1000 items, so if you haven’t been downtown to browse the collection in a while, you’ll probably be surprised at how the collection has grown. We are constantly cataloging new items so be sure to check back regularly.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on March 24, 2011
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on November 8, 2010
During Spring 2010, Grant Schreiber was under-unemployed when he heard Uncle Sam’s siren call for US Census workers so he signed up. As a crew leader, his mission was to lead a team assigned to count every person living in a small area on the northside of Chicago. Luckily for Judas Goat Quarterly readers, Schreiber decided to write down his experiences and share some of the wisdom he picked up on the job. His tales of training, organizing and learning to text make for terrific reading and you’ll cringe along with Schreiber as he tries to whip a group of people into a lean, mean head-counting machine in less than a week. After all counting every man, woman and child in the United States isn’t for the weak of heart, as Schreiber loves to point out. In his own words, Schreiber “served” and he expresses a certain amount of pride in a job done as well as some frustration with the inner workings of the Federal Government. So there you have it, a first hand account of the 2010 Census, and if that’s not enough, check out the book review of R. Crumb’s Genesis. That is another good book you can check out from the library.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on November 5, 2010
Hey friends in Riverside, Willowbranch Library is hosting a party for the 80th anniversary of the branch opening. The Zine Collection will have a small display set up so stop by and check out a few zines. There will be games, arts, crafts and face painting for the kids. Celebrate local history in Riverside and support your public library.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on October 20, 2010
This week, we’ve got not one, but two Zines of the Week and they different than anything else we’ve offered up before. Behold: Hot Rod Zines! These aren’t your common muscle car mags, these are two mid-nineties gems of muscle-car lovin’ punk-rock culture. You can expect lots of hot rods, rockabilly artwork and attitude.
First, Gearhead Vol. 6 puts Southern car culture on display with a terrific article on the roots of figure 8 car racing, a road trip tour for classic car lovers and a visit to Graceland. Also, check out a cool interview with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and lots of zine and album reviews.
Speed Kills Vol. 6 leans more heavily on the music side of the equation; band features include the Beastie Boys, Superchunk and Neu, plus tons of album reviews. Also, there are a decent number of zine reviews and a whole lot of cars. But the single most interesting thing in Speed Kills is a short transcript from a motivational speech Evel Knievel gave to some people… I don’t really know who, but that’s not the point. Evel Knievel really wants to motivate YOU. He thinks you should do the things you love to do (within reason of course, but this is the most famous stuntman of all time, so reason is relative) and take responsibility for your own destiny. Evel Knievel had a natural DIY mentality and that, friends, is what the Zine Collection is all about…
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on August 26, 2010
Carrie McNinch is a zine and mini-comic veteran of the first order. As the editor of Food Geek and an early innovator of diary mini-comics, she has gained a following by allowing readers into her personal life, sharing her experiences as a lesbian cartoonist whose anxiety and disconnectedness have led her into depression and alcohol abuse. Assassin and the Whiner Vol. 15 is one of the most compelling mini-comics I’ve read to date. For a diary comic, McNinch has taken great care in drafting daily entries, something that sometimes gets brushed over in other daily comics. You get the sense that McNinch is deadly serious when she discusses her comics as type of therapy. By reflecting on the serious and mundane together, you begin to see that McNinch’s hang ups aren’t at all strange or alien but intensely personal; you probably know someone who suffers from similar issues, if you yourself don’t. Assassin and the Whiner is a great human story reflecting on personal struggle, loneliness and the little victories that keep us all sane.
Keep an eye out for other mini-comics by McNinch in the Zine Collection or check out Food Geek.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on July 12, 2010
Burn Collector author Al Burian’s autobiographical comic Things Are Meaning Less treads the narrow line between whining child and existential heavy weight with clumsy grace. At times funny, lonely and painfully embarrassing, Burian never strays far from conversations about the weather and his quest to comprehend such chaotic systems seems to rack his waking hours. His shyness, self loathing and alienation are thankfully cut with the humor, allowing the reader to decompress once in a while. This isn’t Camus’ Stranger or even Catcher in the Rye. This is one guy’s transition from awkward teen-aged metal head into a directionless, coffee-swilling bike punk and zine author. As in all existential writing, there are moments of juvenile fist pounding to be expected. (I mean, who doesn’t want to just slap Holden Caulfield once in while?) Burian acknowledges these tendencies in himself as well and portrays his fantasies about super powers and suicide as a part of the problem. He remains connected and disconnected at the same time and you get a strong sense of his frustration: the sunny days are too short and the rainy days just keep coming. Burian’s unending quest for purpose and fulfillment may just be one more city away. Check out Things Are Meaning Less.
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Posted by Andrew Coulon on June 11, 2010
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